9 dead after shooting at FedEx facility

Mia Kane, Staff Writer

In Indianapolis on April 15, 2021, Brandon Hole shot nine and injured seven people at a Fedex facility, then proceeded to take his own life.

 “This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors,” Mayor of Indianapolis Joe Hogsett said.

 Police discovered Hole had been viewing white supremacist websites in the days before the shooting. Hole was a 19-year-old white male who previously worked at the same Fedex facility. Hole’s mother called the police on him in March because he had purchased a gun, and she was worried he might put himself in danger with the police. 

Fedex released a statement stating, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”

The victims’ names were Amarjeet Johal, Jaswinder Singh, Amarjit Sekhon, Jaswinder Kaur, Samaria Blackwell, John Weisert, Karli Smith and Mathew R Alexander. A few of the victims were a part of the Sikh religion. Hole’s mother told sources, he had been experiencing suicidal thoughts and should have had his weapon confiscated by the police, but it wasn’t. These victims were people of all different ages and backgrounds. 

Advocates for gun control reiterated that gun violence is a continually growing problem in the U.S.